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Meet New Horizons, the little spacecraft that could—and did.

Meet New Horizons, the little spacecraft that could—and did.

New Horizons isn't going to get much of a rest. Following its historic flyby of Pluto on July 14, NASA has selected the next potential destination for the unmanned spacecraft – a planetoid called 2014 MU69 that lies a billion miles beyond Pluto's orbit.

from BBC News

New Horizons: Pluto probe's next target chosen

Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft has a new target to aim for following its historic flyby of Pluto. It is called 2014 MU69, and was one of two comet-like objects that were under consideration by scientists working on the mission. The US space agency will now carry out a review of the plan before officially approving the mission's extension.

2014 MU69: Next Target for New Horizons

from NASA

X-ray Detection Sheds New Light on Pluto

2014 MU69

2014 MU69: Next Target for New Horizons

from NASA

New Horizons Team Selects Potential Kuiper Belt Flyby Target

NASA has selected the potential next destination for the New Horizons mission to visit after its historic July 14 flyby of the Pluto system.

New Horizons - Path of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft toward its next potential target, the Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, nicknamed "PT1" (for "Potential Target 1") by the New Horizons team. Although NASA has selected 2014 MU69 as the target, as part of its normal review process the agency will conduct a detailed assessment before officially approving the mission extension to conduct additional science. (Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research…

New Horizons trajectory and the orbits of Pluto and 2014 MU69.

New Horizons: A billion miles to 2014 MU69, by Alan Stern/New Horizons in Kuiper Belt